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V&A stained glass appeal

As part of FuturePlan, the V&A is restoring many of the original features of the fabric of the Museum. They are currently working on an exciting project to conserve and re-install the original stained glass on the landings of the Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre. The stained glass panels were designed by William Bell Scott and were originally installed in about 1870. Around 100 years ago they were removed, reflecting changing tastes, and replaced with clear glass similar to that in the windows today. There are 24 panels of stained glass, which are divided into four windows, two on either side of the lecture theatre.The technique used by Bell Scott creates the effect of pen-and-ink drawings, or etchings, and the panels feature stories from classical mythology as well as the lives of Raphael and Giotto.The panels are now considered important historical features of the museum. They have recently been the subject of new study and the museum needs need help to bring them back to their former glory. They need to be cleaned, repaired and stabilized. Special metal display frames will then be constructed before the panels are carefully installed in the museum.
The V&A needs to raise 75 000 to complete the conservation work and to install the stained glass by the autumn. Visitors will be able to see the stained glass from the Whiteley Silver Galleries, and the windows will be a truly impressive sight when visiting the lecture theatre. Any contribution towards the restoration, however large or small, will make a difference and will be gratefully received; visit www.vam.ac.uk/appeals.
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